He had a criminal record dating back to 1966, and la… [18], Early on Friday 22 October, UDR soldier Thomas Cochrane was kidnapped by the IRA. The Shankill Butchers were an Ulster loyalist gang—many of whom were members of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)—that was active between 1975 and 1982 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Decemberists The Crane Wife ℗ 2006 Capitol Records Released on: 2016-12 … Murphy telephoned a prominent Catholic politician, Cormac Boomer, to demand that Cochrane be set free. Gerard McLaverty: MOST PEOPLE would be satisfied to be remembered for generosity of spirit. The "Shankill Butchers" were a group of UVF members involved in a large number of loyalist terrorist activities in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in the 1970s. At first he did not attribute particular significance to this message, as the Butchers had left no one alive before; but on discovering the nature of the assault and the use of a knife, he came up with an idea that was to permanently change the course of his inquiries. The next morning he initiated a large arrest operation and many of McAllister's associates, including Moore, were taken into custody. On 14 October of that year, Waller had killed Stewart Robinson in a punishment shooting that went wrong. They were at large in the sixties and seventies. Murphy and an accomplice, Mervyn Connor, were arrested shortly afterwards and held on remand in Belfast's Crumlin Road prison. Uncharacteristically, he had been left for dead by the gang but survived until early morning, when a woman heard his cries for help and called the police. Shankill Butchers MP3 Song by The Decemberists from the album The Crane Wife (10th Anniversary Edition). The commander of the Shankill Butchers gang was Lenny Murphy. Chris Thile Liner Notes. On 28 September 1972, Murphy (aged 20), shot and killed William Edward "Ted" Pavis (32) at the latter's home in East Belfast. When he quit his job, he took with him an assortment of butcher's knives and a meat cleaver. PA NEWS/gm. Be the first to contribute! They in no way reflect my own opinions and I take no responsibility for any inaccuracies or factual errors Bates was born into an Ulster Protestant family and grew up in the Shankill Road area of Belfast. Sectarianism – Racism – One and the Same? [citation needed], Early on 11 March 1976, Murphy tried to kill a Catholic woman in a drive-by shooting; arrested later that day, he was put on remand on an attempted murder charge. In prison. As the taxi returned to the safety of the nearby Shankill area, Crossen suffered a ferocious beating. The Shankill Butchers is a new documentary in which Court Service files from the trial are released for the first time to BBC Northern Ireland. ONE of Ulster's most notorious murderers, Shankill Butcher Bobby 'Basher' ... Mr Justice Turlough O'Donnell told him he should only be released from prison if he contracted a terminal illness. The Shankill Butchers' true leader has been named in a graphic exposé on the UVF and its most notorious sectarian murder gang. Shankill Butchers The Decemberists. Year: 1999. No, I want to stop playback. [2] The judge who oversaw the 1979 trial described their crimes as "a lasting monument to blind sectarian bigotry". Following a long period spent on remand, he was convicted in February 1979 of murder related to the Shankill Butcher killings and given ten life sentences, with a recommendation by the trial judge, Mr Justice O'Donnell, that he should never be released. When suspicions of being an informer fell upon Galway, Murphy decided to kill him. The "Brown Bear" pub which loyalist Lenny Murphy used as his headquarters to direct his notorious murder gang – the Shankill Butchers – was located on the corner of the Upper Shankill and Mountjoy Street. Abducted, tortured, and beaten to death; found in an entry off Brookmount Street. The last victim of the Shankill Butchers. Mansinneedof (Live) [Explicit] 3:08. [6] A relative of Crossen said that his family was unable to have an open coffin at his wake because the body was so badly mutilated. Not for the squeamish, The Shankill Butchers is a horrifying detailed account of one of the most brutal series of murders in British legal history - a phenomenon whose real nature has been obscured by the troubled and violent context from which it sprang. ISBN 13: 9780415922319. 4 songs (18 minutes) Released on January 1, 2013. ALTHOUGH by no means one of Northern Ireland's most prolific killers. Four days before his death, Waller had been involved in the abduction and murder of the Butchers’ first victim, Francis Crossen. Are you still listening ? People killed prior to formation of Shankill Butchers. Tortured, beaten, repeatedly stabbed by Lenny Murphy, then shot at 4.00am. The views and opinions expressed in this post and page are soley intended to educate and provide background information to those interested in the Troubles of Northern Ireland. "Murdered Man was not the Shankill Butcher, says mother". [24] Murphy's headstone was smashed in 1989 and had to be replaced. The gang dispersed. It was Moore who provided the black taxi and butcher knives which the gang used to carry out its killings. William Moore pleaded guilty to the … The three victims were dumped in various parts of the greater Shankill area. Thu, Jun 12, 1997, 01:00. The Shankill Butchers: A Case Study of Mass Murder , originally released in 1989. Pages: 316 / 380. Shankill Butchers & Broussard's Lament (Live) 7:55 ℗© 2013 Sugar Hill Records. Crane Wife 31 3. Relevant. The commander of the Shankill Butchers gang was Lenny Murphy. However, gang leader Lenny Murphy and his two chief "lieutenants" escaped prosecution. Shankill Butchers 4:22: 10 Can't Hide 3:11: 11 Long Journey 5:17: 12 Come On Up to the House 4:27: 13 Little Song 2:48: 13 Songs, 45 Minutes Released: Jun 16, 2009 ℗ 2009 Sugar Hill Records, A Welk Music Group Company; Also Available in iTunes More By Sarah Jarosz See All. Another Catholic man killed by the gang was Cornelius "Con" Neeson (49), attacked with a hatchet by Moore and McAllister on the Cliftonville Road late on 1 August 1976. Send-to-Kindle or Email . It was Moore who provided the black taxi and butcher knives which the gang used to carry out its killings. The gang, who had spent the day drinking, drove McLaverty to a disused doctor's surgery on the corner of Emerson Street and the Shankill Road where he was beaten with sticks. Carolina Low 7. Nevertheless, they killed at least twenty three people and took an … Four days before his death, Waller had been involved in the abduction and murder of the Butchers' first victim, Francis Crossen. The following is a list of known and suspected victims of the Shankill Butchers. ‎ _____ 'This was the ultimate way to kill a man.' File: PDF, 61.36 MB. All members of the Butchers gang were released a number of years ago. In support of this theory, Craig was later executed by his UDA colleagues for "treason", an inquiry having found some evidence of his part in the murder of other top loyalists by the IRA. In prison. Shankill Butchers The Decemberists. [32], All members of the Butchers gang were released a number of years ago. He hijacked a black taxi, which one of his men drove to the Falls Road. [48], Learn how and when to remove this template message, Assassination of British ambassador to Ireland, Timeline of Ulster Volunteer Force actions. Everyday Is Like Sunday I just want you to go buy MORE Decemberists albums, it's my Happy Holidays present to 5 people I've never met. Wayne Brezinka Design, Illustration. Found beaten to death at the junction of Manor Street and Cliftonville Road. Murphy was murdered in November 1982 by the Provisional IRA, likely acting with loyalist paramilitaries who perceived him as a threat. [citation needed], On 24–25 November 1975, using the city's sectarian geography to identify likely targets, Murphy roamed the areas nearest the Catholic New Lodge in the hope of finding someone likely to be Catholic to abduct. Shankill Butchers: 4:21: Can't Hide: 3:11: Long Journey: 5:16: Come On Up To The House: 4:27: Little Song: 2:48: Credits (14) Gary Paczosa Producer, Recorded By, Mixed By. [26] Another pub attack followed on 13 August 1975 when the IRA opened fire on patrons outside the Bayardo Bar and then left a bomb inside the crowded bar area, killing four civilians … Brandon Bell Engineer. He was dragged into the taxi by Benjamin Edwards and Archie Waller, two of Murphy's gang. [10], By this time the expression "the Butchers" had appeared in media coverage of these killings, and many Catholics lived in fear of the gang. [34][35] "Mr B", John Murphy, died in a car accident in Belfast in August 1998. Murphy began to assemble a new gang. Bates was shot and killed in the upper Shankill area on 11 June 1997 by the son of the UDA man he had killed in the Windsor Bar. Shot and found with his throat slashed on a grass verge off Highfern Gardens. The Shankill Butchers was an Ulster loyalist gang—many of whom were members of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)—that was active between 1975 and 1982 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.It was based in the Shankill area and was responsible for the deaths of at least 23 people, most of whom were killed in sectarian attacks. Another man and two women, whom Dillon did not name, were accessories to Murphy in the murder of Rice. Francis Crossen (34), a Catholic man and father of two, was walking towards the city centre at approximately 12:40am when four of the Butchers, in Moore's taxi, spotted him. Found beaten to death on waste ground off Alliance Road. The Butchers were also involved in the murder of Noel Shaw, a loyalist from a rival UVF unit, who had shot dead Butcher gang-member Archie Waller in Downing Street, off the Shankill Road, in November 1975. Murphy poisoned the man in a Shankill club before shooting him from the rear of a passing motorcycle as he sat in a car driven by Murphy's friend, and leading Red Hand Commando member, Sam "Mambo" Carroll. [13] "Mr A" played a prominent part in the planning of Moore's activities. Several sources indicate that Mid-Ulster UVF's brigadier, Robin "The Jackal" Jackson from Donaghcloney (now deceased) contacted members of the gang in the Shankill, "Mr A" in particular, and had them make an attempt on the life of journalist Jim Campbell, northern editor of the Sunday World newspaper, in May 1984. Chris Dye (2) Engineer. The views and opinions expressed in this post and page are soley intended to educate and provide background information to those interested in the Troubles of Northern Ireland. He died on 17 May 2009, from a suspected heart attack at his home and was given a paramilitary funeral by the UVF. Resurrection Man is a 1998 British film, directed by Marc Evans with a screenplay written by Eoin McNamee based on his novel of the same name. The story is loosely based on the real-life "Shankill Butchers", an Ulster loyalist gang in 1970s Belfast who conducted random killings of Catholic civilians until their leader, Lenny Murphy, was assassinated by a Provisional IRA hit squad. Other than that he had little information, although a lead was provided by the woman who found Rice's body. In October 1996, Bates was released; he had reportedly "found religion" behind bars. [8] With the sanction of the UVF Brigade Staff, he in turn was gunned down by one of Robinson's comrades in the UVF team based in the Windsor Bar, a quarter of a mile from the Brown Bear pub. After a victim escaped alive, the Shankill Butchers were rounded up by police and most of them broke down and confessed, although they were too terrified to implicate Lenny Murphy. [3], In May 1975, Murphy was released from prison, where he had married Margaret Gillespie. Abigail Washburn Liner Notes. The "Shankill Butchers" were a group of UVF members involved in a large number of loyalist terrorist activities in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in the 1970s. Shankill Butchers. The gang also killed six Ulster Protestants over personal disputes, and two other Protestants mistaken for Catholics. The court heard evidence from two witnesses who had seen Murphy pull the trigger and had later picked him out of an identification parade. The first to be freed was John Townsley, who had been only 14 when he became involved with the gang and 16 when arrested. The UVF was involved in various atrocities during the Troubles, including the bombing of McGurk's Bar in Belfast, the sectarian killings of the Shankill Butchers, and the Loughinisland massacre. First published in 1999. Quinn's body was not found until mid-evening, after a phone call to a Belfast newspaper, while Rice's was found about six hours after his murder. Murphy was assassinated by a Provisional IRA hit squad early in the evening of Tuesday 16 November 1982 outside the back of his girlfriend's house in the Glencairn estate (where four of the Butchers' cut-throat victims had been dumped). In compliance with previous orders, news of the assault was given to Inspector Nesbitt. Shankill Butchers. "However, if the procedures for the release of such people have been followed closely, if that person is no longer a risk to the community and if that person has paid his debt to society, then they should be considered for release," he said. Murphy often attended the trials of people accused of paramilitary crimes, to become well acquainted with the laws of evidence and police procedure. 2. UK. Publisher: Routledge. Found beaten to death behind St Andrew's Church on Forthriver Road. Found badly beaten and with his throat slashed in an entry between Wimbledon Street and Bisley Street, middle Shankill. In October 1996, Bates was released;[33] he had reportedly "found religion" behind bars. No sooner had he parked his car than two gunmen emerged from a van that had been following him and fired a hail of more than twenty bullets, killing him instantly. The IRA takes this opportunity to restate its policy of non-sectarian attacks, while retaining its right to take unequivocal action against those who direct or motivate sectarian slaughter against the Nationalist population. I said, 'That is not my brother'. 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[47] The song was also covered by singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz on her debut album Song Up in Her Head on the Sugar Hill Records label in 2009. Decemberesque (2019) by Derek Reynolds, released 12 December 2019 1. In a subsequent plea bargain, Murphy pleaded guilty to a firearms charge and was sentenced on 11 October 1977 to twelve years' imprisonment. Moore pleaded guilty to 11 counts of murder and Bates to 10. Poisoned in a loyalist club before being shot from a passing motorbike on Crimea Street. [22] She accused the police of continual harassment of her son since his recent release from prison and said that he was planning to leave the country as soon as his divorce came through. [5] "Slaughter in back alley" was the headline in the city's major afternoon newspaper that day. On 9 February 1976, Murphy and three of his gang shot and killed two Protestant men, Archibald Hanna and Raymond Carlisle, wrongly believing that they were Catholics on their way to work across the Shankill. This had led to William Moore's taxi being examined for evidence, as were all other Shankill taxis; however, the Butchers had cleaned the vehicle thoroughly and nothing incriminating was found. He was the only victim of the Shankill Butchers to have survived his injuries. The UVF gave Murphy a paramilitary funeral attended by thousands of loyalists and several unionist politicians, at which Mr A and John Murphy played prominent roles. Moore was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and brought up a Protestant in the staunchly Ulster loyalist Shankill Road. UVF Mid-Ulster Brigade formed part of the loyalist paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force in Northern Ireland. Shankill Butchers. [11] Under Murphy's orders, Moore destroyed the taxi and bought a yellow Ford Cortina, which was to be used in subsequent murders. Cochrane's body was found a week later.[19]. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. The commander of the Shankill Butchers gang was Lenny Murphy who joined the UVF after leaving school. The butchers coat worn by Shankill Road bomber Sean Kelly, who was jailed for 25 years at Belfast Crown Court today (Friday) for causing the explosion in the fish shop in October 1993, which killed nine people. "Murphy's Law: The Story of the Shankill Butchers" (Seamus McGraw), This page was last edited on 12 December 2020, at 13:39. Legacy of "Shankill Butchers" survives in Belfast memory. Found with his throat slashed and shot near the community centre off Forthriver Road. Sign In; New customer? First to go of the Shankill Butchers was Lenny Murphy, shot dead by the Provisional IRA. My Songs; Unlimited; 1. Forty years ago this week, the Shankill Butchers - with the exception of Lenny Murphy - were sentenced for the horrific murders they carried out in Belfast in the 1970s Follow Me Down 2011 Build Me Up From Bones 2013 Lenny Murphy, in prison, and Messrs "A" and "B" were interviewed several times in connection with the Butchers' inquiry but revealed nothing during interviews. Play on Napster. Language: english. The views and opinions expressed in this post and page … [23] On his gravestone in Carnmoney cemetery were inscribed the words: "Here Lies a Soldier". Late on Tuesday, 10 May 1977, Gerard McLaverty, a young Belfast man whose family had recently left the city, was walking down the Cliftonville Road. They in no way reflect my own opinions and I take no responsibility for any inaccuracies or factual errors ———————————————————————————————————————- See Lenny Murph… Share. The next evening, although he had been warned by the UVF Brigade Staff against abducting anyone, Murphy decided to kidnap a Catholic, ostensibly to demand Cochrane's release in exchange for the Catholic hostage. FORTY years ago today, 11 members of the notorious Shankill Butchers were sentenced to more than 40 life sentences for the murders of at least 19 people. In prison. He was stabbed, had his wrists slashed a number of times by Moore and McAllister, using a smallish knife, and was dumped in a back entry. Whilst it may not be particularly good form to speak ill of the dead, I think it is worth noting that one of the Shankill Butchers, William Moore, died last week, (he was buried on Thursday). Kathy’s Song (Live) 3:29. At the start of his sentence, Bates was involved in a series of violent incidents involving other inmates. Much of what is known about the Butchers came first from Martin Dillon's The Shankill Butchers: A Case Study of Mass Murder (1989 and 1998). Sat, Mar 22, 2008, 00:00 . Play on Napster. In prison. He spent much of his time frequenting pubs on the Shankill Road and assembling a paramilitary team that would enable him to act with some freedom at a remove from the UVF leadership (Brigade Staff). Shortly after Murphy's arrest, he began to receive visits from "Mr A" and "Mr B". Following a long period spent on remand, he was convicted in February 1979 of murder related to the Shankill Butcher killings and given ten life sentences, with a recommendation by the trial judge, Mr Justice O'Donnell, that he should never be released. Keith Gary Engineer. They were assumed to have been Catholics. [16][17] On 5 September, Murphy killed a former UVF prisoner, Brian Smyth (30), in a dispute over money owed for a car. Mr Justice O'Donnell told Moore that there was "no reason whatever, apart from terminal illness, why you should ever be released". Three more Catholic men from North Belfast were subsequently kidnapped, tortured and hacked to death in the same way as before. How are primary school students coping since classrooms reopened? One day later, his killing spree resumed when he beat to death a local Protestant man with a learning disability in the Loyalist Club in Rumford Street. John Murphy and William Moore put Shaw's body in a laundry basket, and Moore dumped it half a mile away. The UVF and UDA (Ulster Defense Association) rarely targeted actual IRA members, since the IRA had a policy of killing two UDA or UVF men for every one IRA member killed. The Butchers' chief notoriety came from late-night abduction, torture and cut-throat murders of random members of the Roman Catholic community, although they killed upwards of 30 people, including a s… Style: Folk Rock, Indie Rock. 4. The location of the body was pointed out in 1983 by a person in custody for other charges. Without corroborative or forensic evidence, the state prosecution service decided that they would not face charges. Police were today investigating the sudden death of one of the leaders of the notorious Shankill Butchers gang, which carried out a series of savage sectarian murders of Catholics in the 1970s. See PA Story ULSTER Shankill. He had been beaten and stabbed, and his wrists had been slashed. Property released ‹ New . In a region not unknown for brutal slayings, the Shankill Butchers brought terror to the streets of Belfast. The Butchers were also involved in the murder of Noel Shaw, a loyalist from a rival UVF unit, who had shot dead Butcher gang-member Archie Waller in Downing Street, off the Shankill Road, in November 1975. One of Neeson's brothers, speaking in 1994, declared: "I saw the state of my brother's body after he was butchered on the street. This is off the album that has yet to be released, but i heard it on their purevolume and tabbed it out in chords. The Shankill Butchers: The Real Story of Cold-Blooded Mass Murder Martin Dillon. After a visit by police to Connor, fellow inmates suspected that he might cut a deal with the authorities with regard to the Pavis killing. [36] In July 2000, Sam McAllister was injured in an attack during a loyalist feud. Shankill Butchers 4. The trial judge, Lord Justice O'Donnell, said that he did not wish to be cast as "public avenger" but felt obliged to sentence the two to life imprisonment with no chance of release. Led by Lennie Murphy, they lacked sanction from official terrorist organisations. [27] The second was James Moorehead, a former police reservist,[28] beaten to death by McAllister, Bates and Moore in the toilets of the Windsor Bar on 29 January 1977. William Moore (48), who was sentenced to 14 life sentences in 1979, has been released on life licence, allowing the authorities to recall him to jail if he is ever considered to be a threat to society. [7], A few days later, on 30 November 1975, an internal feud led to the deaths of two members of a rival UVF company on the Shankill and to that of Archibald Waller, who had been involved in the Crossen murder. For the best site experience please enable JavaScript in your browser settings, Brexit: Barnier says trade deal still possible, Pro-Trump and anti-Trump protesters clash in Washington DC, Pandemic mothers: 'It’s been the best and the worst time', EU concerned UK 'might do rather well' after leaving bloc, claims Raab. sectarian mural in loyalist shankill in belfast northern ireland. William Moore, often known as Billy Moore (1949 – 17 May 2009), was an Ulster loyalist from Belfast, Northern Ireland.He was a member of the Shankill Butchers, an Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) gang. The former meat packer pleaded guilty to 11 murders. The butchers coat worn by Shankill Road bomber Sean Kelly, who was jailed for 25 years at Belfast Crown Court today (Friday) for causing the explosion in the fish shop in October 1993, which killed nine people. At school he was known as a bully and would threaten other boys with a knife or with retribution from his two older brothers. [26] Other Protestants who met their deaths at the hands of the gang included two UDA men. [38][39] With Moore now deceased, the only senior figure still alive is "Mr A". At first under intense interrogation, the suspects admitted only to their involvement in the McLaverty abduction but Nesbitt, seizing on McAllister's references to the size of a knife used on McLaverty, had his team of detectives press the case, and eventually most of the gang admitted their part in the activities of the Butchers. [37], William Moore was the final member of the gang to be released from prison in August 1998, after over twenty-one years behind bars. 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